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Getty: “Portable Art: The Fashion and Function of Ancient Engraved Gems”

April 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Engraved gems were miniature, portable luxuries reflecting their owner’s personal identity. Gem materials and quality varied from exceptional artworks for the elite to more affordable stones accessible to the masses. Transported across the ancient world, they spread shared imagery from big cities to distant outposts. Starting with an extraordinary Roman amethyst by Dioskourides, gem-carver to the emperor Augustus, antiquities curators Kenneth Lapatin and Lisa Çakmak discuss issues of value, status, craftsmanship, and knockoffs.
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Image: Intaglio with Bust of Demosthenes, about 25 B.C., Dioskourides (Roman). Amethyst. J. Paul Getty Museum